It is easy for anyone to write a review and make a ship out to be a floating hobo encampment. The reality is the ship may need some carpeting replaced in an area that they simply can't do on a routine basis - they need a few days with no passenger traffic. Or perhaps the buttons for the elevators are scratched. Maybe a pool needs to be replaced because the liner is faded. Cosmetic stuff and nothing more.
Thanks for that people, in no way are me and my girlfriend moaning and we think it will be out of this world just when you read reviews and a good deal of them are saying the ship is in need of a refit you tend to beleive what people are saying and then ask questions.
No, you are not wrong at all for getting as many opinions as you can. But you need to keep in mind that there are many people who, if one little thing goes wrong, will trash the whole cruise. You have three very experienced people here telling you that Princess is a class operation all the way. Maybe not every nook and cranny on the ship could withstand the white glove test; but you will find the Sea Princess beautiful, clean, and well staffed. I would not have sailed with them for over 30 years if it were not so.
Nothing wrong with asking about it. You have experienced people here telling you not to be concerned. That is all we can do. A lot of people write reviews and want to sound like cruise authorities, so they toss around jargon like "it needs a refit", or "looks overdue for a drydocking". Others get inspiration or ideas by reading other reviews first. Maybe they will be swayed and use some of the same words. This is not true in all cases, but as with anything you read on the internet, you need to take everything with a grain of salt. And that includes everything you see in this forum, or on other cruise forums and in their reviews. Lots of people will post the same review on several websites, under different screen names.
You're not wrong for asking, but we have assured you, she's a fantastic ship, as are all of Princess's ships. I am biased, the Sea Princess is my favorite ship that I've sailed on in their fleet. She is beautiful, easy to navigate, immaculate, the staff is incredible, service is impeccable, and the food is fantastic. I cannot say enough positive things about her. Now, with that said, she did pull out of Ft. Lauderdale and go to Australia for a while. But, Princess is among the best at keeping their ships up. The crew on the Sea Princess took pride in how she looked and how their passengers enjoyed the cruise. We've sailed her sister ships, the Dawn and the Sun. The layout of the ship was the same, but the Sea was just better. We've sailed on the Caribbean, Emerald, and Royal too. F-Mattox has been on many, many more Princess ships than we have. Princess is our favorite line, so far. We've sailed on Carnival, HAL, Costa, Royal Caribbean, NCL, and Princess. We're trying Celebrity this year. I'd be going on Princess this year as well, but my pocketbook just can't do it. Cheers!
Here is agreat site to find where your ship is
near the top left corner there are three drop down boxes 1 Go to area 2 go to port 3 go to vessel so if you know where your ship is roughly you can keep track of it. Hopefully when you copy and paste the above address into your web browser you will be at san francisco and you will see that sea princess is in the BEA drydock. We are on the ship 24th Oct 09
cant wait, been on Caribbean Princess twice before.